SoCs

This week at ISSCC (International Solid State Circuits Conference), Microsoft presented a talk titled ‘Xbox Series X SoC: A Next Generation Gaming Console’, with hardware engineer Paul Paternoster presenting. The 30 minute presentation covered a lot about Microsoft’s latest console processor, most of which was a repeat about what we saw at Hot Chips in August last year, however there was a new element in this presentation talking about how the console design team balanced acoustics, power, thermal performance, and processor yield, discussing where the hotspots in the design originate and where the performance/power targets of the final silicon were optimized.

Hands On with the Huawei Ascend W1, Ascend D2, and Ascend Mate

There hasn't been much in the way of mobile handset news out of CES 2013 this year, save some announcements by Huawei this morning. I didn't get a chance...

5 by Brian Klug on 1/8/2013

Qualcomm's Next-Gen Krait 400 & Krait 300 Announced in Snapdragon 800 & 600 SoCs

We've been hinting at this for a while, both on the Podcast and in our most recent power analysis piece, but today it's very official: Qualcomm is announcing the...

22 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 1/7/2013

More Details on NVIDIA's Tegra 4 & i500: 5th core is A15, 28nm HPL, UE Category 3 LTE

We just finished NVIDIA's CES press conference where it introduced the Tegra 4 SoC and Shield mobile gaming console. Immediately following the press event we snagged some more information...

34 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 1/7/2013

NVIDIA CES 2013 Press Event: Live Blog

We just sat down for NVIDIA's Pre-CES press event. Things are running a bit late now, but we expect the event to start in the next 15 minutes. Keep...

42 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 1/6/2013

NVIDIA's Pre-CES Press Conference: Live Webcast Starts At 8pm PST

Even though CES doesn't officially start until Tuesday, things are already kicking off in Las Vegas. The Storage Visions 2013 conference runs through Monday, and meanwhile a number of...

1 by Ryan Smith on 1/6/2013

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 13

We're back! In our first podcast of 2013 we go over some of the best products of 2012 and Haswell/ValleyView launch schedules. Brian talks about Field Test being removed...

16 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/6/2013

The ARM vs x86 Wars Have Begun: In-Depth Power Analysis of Atom, Krait & Cortex A15

Late last month, Intel dropped by my office with a power engineer for a rare demonstration of its competitive position versus NVIDIA's Tegra 3 when it came to power...

140 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/4/2013

The x86 Power Myth Busted: In-Depth Clover Trail Power Analysis

The untold story of Intel's desktop (and notebook) CPU dominance after 2006 has nothing to do with novel new approaches to chip design or spending billions on keeping its...

163 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/24/2012

The Clover Trail (Atom Z2760) Review: Acer's W510 Tested

Microsoft’s Windows 8/RT launch has been a bit choppier than expected. I remember hearing rumors that the OS release could slip into next year, but it seems that the...

104 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/20/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 12

Today's podcast covers two major topics: the rumored BGA-only version of Intel's Broadwell (2014/2015) CPU and Qualcomm's disclosures at its recent analyst day. The Broadwell BGA topic spawned a...

25 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/3/2012

The AnandTech Podcast: Episode 10

We've made it to 10 episodes of the AnandTech Podcast! As promised, this week's episode is a bit more PC focused as we discuss the future of AMD. Intel's...

32 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/21/2012

iPad 4 GPU Performance Analyzed: PowerVR SGX 554MP4 Under the Hood

As always, our good friends over at Kishonti managed to have the first GPU performance results for the new 4th generation iPad. Although the new iPad retains its 2048...

114 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/2/2012

Google Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 Performance Preview

Earlier this week Google announced two new flagship Nexus devices: the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 10 tablet. We received review samples of both earlier this week, and...

244 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 11/2/2012

ARM's Cortex A57 and Cortex A53: The First 64-bit ARMv8 CPU Cores

Yesterday AMD revealed that in 2014 it would begin production of its first ARMv8 based 64-bit Opteron CPUs. At the time we didn't know what core AMD would use...

118 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/30/2012

Intel Details Atom Z2760: Clovertrail for Windows 8 Tablets

For much of the past year we've been hearing that Intel's Atom for Windows 8 tablets is going to be the one to beat. Ivy Bridge (and later, Haswell...

78 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/27/2012

The iPhone 5 Performance Preview

This morning we finally got our hands on Apple's iPhone 5. While we are eager to get started on battery life testing, that'll happen late tonight after a full...

239 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/21/2012

Apple A6 Die Revealed: 3-core GPU, < 100mm^2

Our good friends at UBM TechInsights sent over the first diffusion images of Apple's new A6 SoC. It's still too early to tell a lot but we have confirmation...

61 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/21/2012

Analyzing the iPhone 5 Geekbench Results

While working on our Haswell piece, I've been religiously checking the Geekbench and GLBenchmark results browsers to see if anyone ran either benchmark and decided to tap upload. This...

118 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/16/2012

iPhone 5 Memory Size and Speed Revealed: 1GB LPDDR2-1066

Quick analysis of the A6 SoC photos from the iPhone 5 launch event tells us all we need to know about the memory interface, speed and bandwidth of the...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 9/15/2012

The iPhone 5's A6 SoC: Not A15 or A9, a Custom Apple Core Instead

When Apple announced the iPhone 5, Phil Schiller officially announced what had leaked several days earlier: the phone is powered by Apple's new A6 SoC. As always, Apple didn't...

164 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 9/15/2012

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